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GM getting ready to break ground for new Flint paint shop

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(03/02/14) - Monday is a big day for General Motors and the city of Flint.

GM is pumping $600 million into Mid-Michigan - and building a brand new shop.

Capitol Coney Island sits right across the street from the Flint plant at the corner of Bristol and Van Slyke - they say 90 percent of their customers are GM workers.

"We got a long history with GM," said Johnny Edmond, a chef at Capitol Coney Island.

News that GM will be breaking ground on a brand new paint shop is music to their ears.

"That would be good for business, we would love it here more business, big paychecks," Edmond said.

This is the plant where heavy duty Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups are assembled.

Parts of the current paint shop are more than 40 years old.

In time, the improvements will make the truck plant more efficient and could lead to more jobs.

In the mean time, it'll mean hiring about 1,000 construction workers.

"It's great for the city of Flint because one thing, it shows GM still has a major interest in Flint," said Gordon Gibson, who works as a chemist for GM in Swartz Creek.

He says this expansion has just about everyone smiling.

"It's great going to work now because the morale is so high," he said.

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